There’s Triclosan in my Soap

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always had a penchant for great-smelling soaps.

Naturally, when Bath and Body Works finally made its way over to us Canadian folks, I was elated.  I can assure you that I took full advantage of any and all ‘sales’ on multiple buys.

Only recently, however, did I realize the significance of using “antibacterial soap” — not just BBW’s line antibac line, but every soap on the mass market today with the proud “antibacterial” label.   I mean, I knew Triclosan was an antibiotic from my basic microbiology courses, but only recently when Dr. Dupont talked about it in BIOL 444 – Microorganisms and Disease did I realize that these soaps are actually contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Now, every time I pump some of that awesome-melling cucumber-melon foam, I can’t help but be very aware that I’m washing antibiotics down my sink.


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